Obviously Android IS Linux, but it's not a full blow Linux distro, and that is what you were talking about. Even standard, non-rooted Android doesn't dictate what you can or can not run on it though. Your complaints all seem to be iPhone complaints, maybe you should give Android a try before deciding you wouldn't want it on a tablet.
Actually I would prefer android over iPhone. But the freedom to install software that may not be approved by the vendor or service provider is critical, and if I choose to install a full distro I want to be able to do that. I don't want to pay for the privilege of being stuck in someone's restrictive silo.
Actually, if I spent the money for a tablet what I would want to do with it is run applications that were designed to work properly with a tablet. So no, a full blown Linux distro wouldn't let me do that. OTOH, a regular rooted Android install would fit the bill nicely.
1) Android IS Linux. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Android_(operating_system) 2) Doesn't mean you cannot run tablet apps. I for one do not want to have the vendor or service provider able to dictate to me what I can or cannot run on the device that I paid for, or how I chose to do so. I have an iPhone. It's ok, but requiring a computer program to manage it that is not cross-platform. There'd be no windows version if Steve thought he wouldn't lose revenue. Every app has to pass through the apple sphincter.
Why would you want a full blown linux install? non of the apps will be tailored for a touch screen interface.
Because THEN you can do what you want with it, not just what the fecking vendor/service provider says you can do.
That's the problem with FOSS. It seems to slip through most everybody's fingers.....
It's not a problem. It's a feature to keep it available to everyone.
"Checking the numbers" only works on those whose minds are open enough to step outside the comforting, narrative-supporting cocoon of Fox News and question the notion that everything that challenges your assumptions is part of the conspiracy. And even well-educated, otherwise mentally-capable people can be imprisoned by that narrative, because it's comforting.
I'm just kinda glad you don't have an agenda or anything.
Of course you don't. You don't "need" it in Windows, either. But having it is a lot more convenient for people like the submitter than not having it, and if Linux wants to get more copies in the enterprise, they should figure out some standardized way of emulating it.
What I was getting at is that all the tools are already there. For people who need "point and click and shiny", yes I would agree, but there's so much more flexibility and control with the tools that do exist in *nix, that at least IMO emulating windows technology is just going to be too restrictive. Once one is willing to explore just a little bit, the power in unix is quite breathtaking, esp when compared to what you get with windows. Yeah, there's a learning curve, but it's not too bad.
From a practical perspective, a spreadsheet is a database. Just not a relational one.
okay, technically speaking, that's true. let me put it another way. Like windows, spreadsheets have a shallow learning curve, but do not scale very well. To do anything serious, you will quickly abandon the former for the latter.
We all agree on the necessity of compromise. We just can't agree on when it's necessary to compromise. -- Larry Wall